can guinea pigs eat almonds

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Almonds?

As a family, we love eating almonds.

They are a really enjoyable snack either on their own or placed on deserts, so can guinea pigs eat almonds and if they can, how much can they have?

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Lets dig a bit deeper and find out a bit more about their nutritional value.

Carbohydrates 21.69 g
– Starch 0.74 g
– Sugars 3.89 g
– Lactose 0.00 g
– Dietary fiber 12.2 g
Fat 49.42 g
– saturated 3.731 g
– monounsaturated 30.889 g
– polyunsaturated 12.070 g
Protein 21.22 g
– Tryptophan 0.214 g
– Threonine 0.598 g
– Isoleucine 0.702 g
– Leucine 1.488 g
– Lysine 0.580 g
– Methionine 0.151 g
– Cystine 0.189 g
– Phenylalanine 1.120 g
– Tyrosine 0.452 g
– Valine 0.817 g
– Arginine 2.446 g
– Histidine 0.557 g
– Alanine 1.027 g
– Aspartic acid 2.911 g
– Glutamic acid 6.810 g
– Glycine 1.469 g
– Proline 1.032 g
– Serine 0.948 g
Water 4.70 g
Vitamin A 1 IU
– beta-carotene 1 μg (0%)
– lutein and zeaxanthin 1 μg
Thiamine (vit. B1) 0.211 mg (18%)
Riboflavin (vit. B2) 1.014 mg (85%)
Niacin (vit. B3) 3.385 mg (23%)
Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.469 mg (9%)
Vitamin B6 0.143 mg (11%)
Folate (vit. B9) 50 μg (13%)
Choline 52.1 mg (11%)
Vitamin E 26.2 mg (175%)
Vitamin K 0.0 μg (0%)
Calcium 264 mg (26%)
Iron 3.72 mg (29%)
Magnesium 268 mg (75%)
Manganese 2.285 mg (109%)
Phosphorus 484 mg (69%)
Potassium 705 mg (15%)
Sodium 1 mg (0%)
Zinc 3.08 mg (32%)

source: wikipedia

As you can see, almonds are quite high in fat and very acidic so this immediately signals that they won’t be good for guinea pigs. It also has no vitamin c content as well.

They are also a choking hazard as well as piggies will find them hard to injest so do steer clear.

What about other types of almond foods.

Can guinea pigs eat raw almonds?

No not at all, their shells will be extremely off putting for guinea pigs plus almonds are not good for guinea pigs altogether.

Can guinea pigs eat sugared almonds?

Any kind of sugared foods are not good for guinea pigs. Sugared nuts make it doubly bad

Can guinea pigs eat almond cake?

Again, a big no no. Any kind of cake is not good for guinea pigs.

Verdict

If you are thinking about feeding almonds to your piggies then think again. They are not good at all for them in any way. The high fat and acidic content is no good for piggies at all.

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